Newswise – Gamblers who lose more money than they can afford and whocan’t stay away from the slot machines may have a form ofbrain damage. Researchers say that the decision-makingfunctions of the brain’s pre-frontal cortex seem to bedamaged in pathological gamblers, who can’t discriminatebetween short-term rewards and the long-term negativeconsequences of gambling.

Dr.Maria Roca examined 11 pathological gamblers, along with10 control subjects, on the abilities to make decisions,control their inhibitions and direct their attention. In thedecision-making tasks, the gamblers made more”disadvantageous” choices. In the inhibitory control andattention tasks, the gamblers made more errors.

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